By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA- The military on Thursday, disclosed that 80 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to troops prosecuting the war against insurgency in a land mark event in Bama, Borno State.

The surrender of the terrorists which comes barely 48 hours after 315 other terrorist surrendered to troops in the North East, follows the setting up of a committee by the Defence headquarters on behalf of the federal government to work out an amnesty arrangement for scores of repentant sect members who have come out to denounce the group and volunteered to lay down their arms.

File photo: Boko-Haram members with their surrendered arms

A statement from Army headquarters said, “The terrorists among whom were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers confirmed that they partook in several terrorists attacks especially on Bama town, Borno State and that they surrendered as a result of the intense heat and continuous offensive action embarked by troops.

“It will be recalled that we have repeatedly stated that surrender of the terrorists’ is the only option available to insurgents as the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force in conjunction with other security agencies are totally committed to the achievement of the 3 months Presidential deadline for the eradication of terrorism in Nigeria,” the Army said.

“Other terrorists are encouraged to also surrender or face total annihilation. As the new name of the operation states ‘achievement of total peace is a must’.

“Citizens are please requested to continue providing useful information to security agencies that will lead to apprehension of all known terrorists’ the statement added.

Repentant Boko Haram Members: DHQ Inaugurates National Committee for Creation of safe Corridor in North East Operational theatre.

Recall that following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday inaugurated an amnesty committee to oversee the creation of rehabilitation programme that will reintegrate members of the Boko Haram terrorists back to the society.

According to a statement signed by Group Capt. WAP Maigida, DHQ said, “Boko Haram members penciled for reintegration are those forcefully conscripted into the group and those who have already surrendered and given up their membership of the sect and those willing to renounce their membership”.

“Members of the committee comprise relevant federal government agencies involved in the counter-insurgency operation and representatives of states in the North east and Jigawa.

“The Committee’s terms of reference include, identifying implementation partners and establishing their responsibilities; to establishing a framework for coordination of implementation agencies; determining funding requirements and sources and identifying technical assistance needs and possible sources”.

Others are “outlining broad information strategies in collaboration with implementation agencies; determining location of assembly areas, encampment sites, IDP Camps as well as safe corridors and routes, and, finally, determining the overall security requirements and concerns in the counterinsurgency operation.

“The Committee which has one month for its assignment will also tackle the creation of mobile offices, access roads, feeding and medical treatment for the IDP, skill and vocational training for the IDP, joint media Centre’s and the establishment of necessary structures and receptive Centre’s to resettle repentant terrorist members.

“So far, military operations in the contested area have yielded remarkable successes, following the immediate review of the security forces strategy, approach and concept of operation designed to neutralize the operational capabilities of the terrorists and rout them out before the year’s end” it added.

Continuing DHQ said, “Several strongholds, hideouts and camps of the BHT have been cleared and taken over by our military forces.
“Many children and women captives of Boko Haram have been released and are currently undergoing rehabilitation process in the various established internally displaced persons (IDP) Camps.

“Already, to ameliorate the suffering of the IDP, the DHQ and the services have embarked on aggressive quick impact projects which have significantly improved their wellness.

“Notwithstanding all these efforts and achievements, the intensity and momentum of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations have not subsided as most of the terrorists have been decimated through ongoing clearance operations with their logistics supply routes blocked and lines of communications extended, as part of the final onslaught to neutralize the Sect completely.

“The current unfavourable situation for the terrorists in the battlefield has resulted in large number of the insurgents willing to surrender their arms to embrace peace.


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